Tanja van den Akker, a PRINCE2 V7 author, discusses the nuances of applying and tailoring the PRINCE2 methodology in project management. She explains that previously, all adaptations made to fit the method to a specific project were broadly termed as 'tailoring'. This included instances such as assigning multiple roles to a single person.
However, Tanja suggests a redefinition of these concepts. She differentiates between 'applying' the method and 'tailoring' it. According to her, applying the method involves making PRINCE2 fit within the scope of a project by utilizing all the elements available in the methodology. This is a standard practice, essential for adapting PRINCE2 to the specific needs and context of a project.
On the other hand, 'tailoring' goes a step further. It involves combining PRINCE2 with other methods or incorporating elements from different quality management systems that are not part of PRINCE2. This distinction acknowledges the flexibility and potential of PRINCE2 to be adapted and blended with other methodologies and systems, enhancing its applicability and effectiveness in various project environments. Both applying and tailoring the method are viewed as beneficial and necessary practices in the realm of project management.